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Oct
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comment Ship of Theseus applied to GPL - Can I relicense my program if I replace all of the derivative parts?
@user2338816 Linux did not start with Unix code, it started with MINIX. And technically, it is possible that MINIX could have had a case against Linux. This would depend on how Linux rewrote their code and the license under which the MINIX code was shared with Universities. However, it also comes down to politics and money, does MINIX really want to go after Linux, and does Linux have the money (through corporations like Red Hat) to fight them off.
Oct
20
comment Ship of Theseus applied to GPL - Can I relicense my program if I replace all of the derivative parts?
@MSalters Actually, if you come across arbitrary code on the internet that is not marked with a license or marked as being in the public domain you have no rights at all. Depending on the context you might have some limited rights to view and/or use the code based on implied rights from the situation. For instance if the code is on a public website you likely have the implied right to view the code. IANAL, but from what I understand this is a particular problem for code lying around on the internet w/o a stated license: by default everything is copyright and you have no rights to it.
Oct
20
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Oct
20
comment Can GPL-licensed software be resold?
@DougMoore The reasons given there are basically the same reasons that everyone is suggesting you NOT try to go for a non-commercial license. It really doesn't make sense, and that's basically what they're trying to advise you of there.
Oct
20
comment Ship of Theseus applied to GPL - Can I relicense my program if I replace all of the derivative parts?
To extend/clarify what Elin said, the GPL does not try to remove any rights that you already have (the way that say many EULAs do). Instead it restricts those conditions under which you are allowed to use the code. The code itself is copyright, and unless other licenses are provided, the GPL is the only reason you have any rights to the code at all. Imagine if the code were not released under GPL, just released as code that was copyright. If the questioner went through the same steps, the question would be fundamentally the same, is the resulting code a derivative work or not.
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Oct
9
comment GPLv2 - Multiple AI chess engines to bypass GPL
@RobertHarvey The page I linked is not the actual GPL but an FAQ about it. AFAIK it's not legally binding in any way. I think they are trying to give the intention of the license without boxing them in with respect to any future legal issues.
Oct
9
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Oct
9
answered GPLv2 - Multiple AI chess engines to bypass GPL